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The Daily Sprout

Your guide to healthier living.


The Healing Diet, which is the one that we teach most often, had a very significant problem if you fail… which is a serious loss of the value of the work that has been accomplished to date.  In this diet, eating no sugars or grains, limiting your fruit intake to berries every other day, or perhaps a granny smith apple a few times a week, means VERY tight dietary controls.

The purpose is to really reign in any sugar blips in your bloodstream, giving your body a chance to heal leptin receptors, and thus become a fat burning machine.  What you realize when you have thoroughly beaten down this path, is that body weight is a funtion of hormone, not caolrie balance.

Ok, so on to the article title.  In a diet like the healing diet, if you cheat by having a sandwich, or having an extra serving of fruit, or even having a dessert, then you haven’t ruined the diet.  However, if you cheat by falling completely off, grabbing a soda, following it up with five slices of pizza, then three massive scoops of ice cream… well.  You will have driven your blood sugar so high, that there is no way you will retain the complete measure of what you have accomplished.

Thus, “choosing to cheat” can be a very wise choice.  What I mean, is if you can foresee the inevitable collapse of your will power, and you can stand in the middle of a completely controlled, manifest destiny, I own my diet individual… and an out of control raving “give me the whole pie or die” lunatic… then you can win.  So identify the weakness, see where it is coming from (“I need grains” or “I need sugar”), and feed that weakness ever so slightly with something that satisfies.

For some of you, if you get the least taste of something you are craving, you then fall completely.  So for you, in the healing diet world, you need a replacement food.  For me it is ice cream, i love it!  So when I feel that surge of desire, i pull out a pint of heavy whipping cream, almond butter, peanut butter, 100% cocoa, and a little stevia or xylitol, and away we go!  That will usually completely satisfy me.  If not, add some coconut, and eventually breakdown to throwing some fruit in.

It might be that you could make an “english muffin” pizza, and never need to go get the whole pizza (much more will power is needed when there is a whole pizza staring at you)!

So choose to cheat, when it can save your diet.  Other diet plans can have a cheat day every week with little consequence, but then… that is why the healing diet results are so amazing.  Come hear all about it at the TOTAL FOOD MAKEOVER coming in October!

Dr. E

 So I have been trying to be VERY quiet all week long.  This sign here that says “Dr. Eric is resting his voice” is designed to do just that, create a restful environment for my voice.  Which really needs rest.

See it all started almost two weeks ago, my gym (The Garage, the CrossFit gym that I told you earlier this week that you are all going to come try out), had a huge event.  I got on the microphone at 8:45 that morning, and finally set it down at 4pm.  I talked non-stop, and for anyone who has had to try to be loud for 7 hours, you know it takes a toll on the voice.

Polish that day off with stporytelling in front of a bunch of kids for two sessions a day later, a doctor’s report, a Nutrition workshop (thanks to those who came), another doctor’s report, a GOAL setting workshop, and another day of heavy talking at church… equals throat destroyed.

So how does that turn into sickness(remember I call it expressing health, you call it sickness)?  Just talking too much surely cannot cause a sore throat and sickness!  Aah, but you see, it does.  As a matter of fact it is necessary to have some pre-emptive weakening of your system in order to have sickness.

You are carrying a ridiculous number of viruses and bacteria on and in your body.  It is well estimated, and pretty widely accepted, that the average person is carrying 10% of their body weight in viruses and bacteria.  So guess what, if you are NOT sick, then you are STRONG.  Well, relatively strong, at least stronger than all of the viruses and bacteria in your body, which is pretty cool.  Most of us, are winning that battle most of the time.

If you GERMS caused you to become sick, and not the WEAKNESS of your body, then you would be sick 100% of the time.  If you are sick a lot, then you are weak, meaning that you need more of what we have to offer.  This is important. So pay attention here; just because you are not sick, does not mean that you do not have other weakness in your body.  Immune system health is only one measure of your overall health, but it is an important one.

Back on track, so if your child is in a classroom with a bunch of kids, and one kid gets sick, and then five others get sick, but ten others do not.  What do you believe?  Most of you believe that those five were in closer proximity to that child than the other ten, to which I say GARBAGE.  The five were weaker than the others.  Here is a better example.  Your youngest child gets sick, then one of your other children get sick, as does one of the parents.  The other parent and another child do not get sick.  Guess what, most married adults sleep in the same bed, and the kdis are all over each other no matter what.  The germs were COVERING the two who did not get sick, yet they fought it off.  Because they were in a position of strength, not weakness.

So what makes you strong or weak?  Your nervous system is the most important thing, because it organizes the defense against the external coming internal.  Getting adjusted, and SLEEP are the most important components of your nervous system function, with stress right there.  Diet will weaken an immune system incredibly!  And even more so when there are abrupt changes in the diet, vs. simply a consistent bad diet.  I know, not fair, but I have witnessed that someone who eats well  will get punished by eating poorly, where that person who eats poorly all the time, can handle it much better.  Still, the reasons for eating well vs poorly are so huge, that it is a must!

So do yourself a favor, and don’t avoid germs, just avoid being weak.  God Bless, and have an awesome Labor Day!

Friday Edition – December 28, 2007 NEJM – 2007, Dec.

Childhood Obesity

Adolescent obesity increases future coronary heart disease risk

The effect of adolescent obesity on future adult heart disease risk has not been clearly established. In a recent publication, researchers estimated the prevalence of obese 35-year-olds in 2020 on the basis of adolescents overweight in 2000 and historical trends regarding overweight adolescents who become obese adults. A state-transition computer simulation was used to project the annual excess incidence and prevalence of heart disease, the total number of excess heart disease events, and excess deaths from both heart disease and other causes related to obesity from 2020 to 2035.

The number of overweight adolescents is projected to increase the prevalence of obese 35-year-olds in 2020 to a range of 30-37% in men and 34-44% in women. As a result of this increased obesity, an increase in the incidence of heart disease and related deaths is projected to occur in young adulthood. By 2035, it is estimated that the prevalence of heart disease will increase by a range of 5-16%, with more than 100,000 excess cases caused by the increased obesity.

Although projections 25 or more years into the future are subject to numerous uncertainties, based on current data it is a reasonable assumption that adolescent obesity will increase rates of heart disease among future young and middle-aged adults, resulting in substantial increases in disease and death rates.

Researchers concluded that aggressive treatment with currently available therapies to reverse obesity-related risk factors may reduce, but not entirely eliminate, the calculated increase in the number of heart disease events.

N Engl J Med. 2007 Dec 6;357(23):2371-9.

Dr. Eric’s Note: There is nothing new or shocking in this article, the Pan World Heart Disease Incidence Report showed a worldwide increase in heart disease with small pockets that showed decreased death rates, but ever rising incidence rates showing the continued lack of quality of life in heart disease sufferers. The point is that life has enough hurdles in it, if you are 30+ you already realize that. I have seen people who have gone through incredible difficulty and those who have had seemingly simple lives. The interesting thing is that it doesn’t matter, both people can perceive that life is hard. So if that is the case, then the last thing you need to do is add the stress of fighting obesity. You know what I mean, so do everything you can to educate your kids about the dangers of obesity, about the difficulty of coming from behind to beat it. Start this year out right, and remember that every choice you make in front of your kids, influences them in some way. Cut out the unnecessary calories, and think before you pop a pill to solve a problem, do you really want to teach your kids that popping pills to solve problems makes sense? You open the door for drug abuse with that mentality. God Bless, be safe as we approach the New Year!